Guildford Road widening: State Government says no decision has been made

Residents and business owners opposed to the plan to widen Guildford Road. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
Residents and business owners opposed to the plan to widen Guildford Road. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

THE State Government has moved to calm fears over a proposed plan to widen Guildford Road while firing a broadside at WA Labor’s pledge to scrap the plan.

Residents have hit out at against the WA Planning Commission’s proposed amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme, would apply to Guildford Road from East Parade to the Tonkin Highway.

The proposal would widen the road by up to 10 metres and affect up to 300 homes and 59 businesses in Maylands, Bayswater and Mt Lawley.

Planning Minister Donna Faragher said no decision had been made on “whether or not Guildford Road would be widened at some point in the future”.

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“The Department of Planning is reviewing the requirements for Guildford Road in conjunction with Main Roads to make the road and pedestrian access safer,” she said.

“Public comment is currently being sought on a proposed amendment to the Scheme for Guildford Road.

“This is the beginning of a three-month consultation period which will provide an opportunity for local people to have their say on the proposed amendment, before the WAPC considers the issue and makes a recommendation to the Minister for Planning.”

Ms Faragher described Mr McGowan’s position as a “typical knee-jerk reaction from Labor to ignore proper process”.

“If this is the way Labor responds to every planning proposal in WA, should Labor win… future planning in our State would come to a standstill,” she said.